“…but I will not be mastered by anything.” 1 Corinthians 6:12 NASB
This morning, lead pastor Carl Gulley kicked off our new freedom series, Let My People Go. Throughout our seven-week series, we will be taking a look at the liberation of the Israelites from Egypt and talk about how we can overcome the Pharaohs we face in our own lives.
In the end, Pharaoh is defeated, and the Israelites are set free. Our pharaohs, the things that keep us in bondage, have also been defeated because of Jesus. We tend to tolerate slavery and bondage, but God never intended that for us. Throughout our series, we are taking a journey to step into the freedom we were meant for.
FREEDOM IS A FIGHT.
The Israelites lived in fear of Pharaoh, but Pharaoh was terrified of what could happen if the people of God became free. So, he kept them oppressed. Our oppressors try to intimidate, demoralize and ultimately, keep us from knowing our identity. If we are unclear about our identity, we’ll believe the lies of our oppressors and never fully be who God created us to be. Freedom didn’t come easy for the Israelites, and it probably won’t come easy for us either.
EVERY TRUE WORK OF FREEDOM BEGINS WITH A REVELATION OF THE CHARACTER OF GOD.
When we focus on the thing keeping us in bondage, we’ll remain in bondage. We tend to focus on the seemingly impossible situation before us, but God wants us to focus on who He is. Our weapons are our revelations. We don’t find freedom by trying to act better, we find freedom by focusing on God and allowing Him to heal our wounds and speak truth to the lies.
Our oppressors aren’t the only things driving our bondage. The wounds left from our bondage also hold us back. If we don’t allow God to deal with our deep wounds first, we’ll end up exchanging one pharaoh for another.
OUR SALVATION DOESN’T LIBERATE US FROM THE STRUGGLE, IT EMPOWERS US FOR THE STRUGGLE.
Freedom is a fight, but it is a fight Jesus already won. Our identity isn’t based on our past or personality. Our identity is defined by the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. Jesus died so we could be free, so let’s claim that freedom together!
IN RESPONSE //
- Finding freedom is going to take more than listening to a 40-minute sermon every week. Carl challenged us to read the book, Victory Over the Darkness, to help us in our journey of freedom. It is available online, or you can pick it up from our bookstore on Sunday.